February is the month when Spring begins on the Island, especially on the southern end. In Victoria there are blooming trees and masses of daffodils in Beacon Hill Park.
There is usually snow, as well - but it doesn't last long.
View looking north up the Island from my street.
Living on the Island in February
Around Nanaimo -Piper's Lagoon Park
Wild cherry blossoms
Looking toward Vancouver from the path
My faourite park bench - the top of the first rocky hill ... The trees are Garry oaks, growing curved and twisted.
Looking toward Nanaimo harbour. The lagoon is empty at low tide.
Around Nanaimo -snow and flowers
Waking up to snow in February
Early daffodils at a crosswalk
Around Nanaimo -the herring fishery and other water shots
This was 2010... the herring fishery hasn't been as huge since then, and is now cut back. This was fascinating, with the boats trying to get the best positions.
On good years, the water turns milky turquoise near shore, and sometimes the surface of the water boils with the fish. Seagulls and seals come as well for a good meal.
The marsh - reflections
After the rains - a usually calm little creek
The view from College Heights - the inner harbour
North of Nanaimo - "Up Island"
A visiting swan on the golf course pond
Fairwinds Golf Course, Nanoose Bay
Sailboats at Schooner Cove
The Parksville beach
Parksville beach, looking out to sea
Victoria and area in February
Decorations for the Chinese New Year
Streets lined with blossoms in the James Bay area
Fishermens' Wharf ready for Spring
The willows at Beacon Hill Park are looking springy...
A handsome pintail duck
In the early days of Victoria, the English and Scots were homesick for the broom and gorse, so had some imported. They are terrible weeds, and have spread over the southern half of the Island. They both have bright yellow flowers in the spring. This is gorse, with the spines that hurt Pooh when he fell from the honey tree.
Camellias at Government House